In the words of Chesterfield Baseball Clubs president Blake Eller, “It only took five years.”
2013 marked the fifth anniversary that Chesterfield Baseball Clubs (CBC) has hosted the Bronco World Series, a tournament for 11-year-old players from all over the world. The CBC All-Stars were able to battle back from a first round loss to Torrance, CA and win its first title in the five years the tournament has been hosted here in Chesterfield, defeating Torrance 14-13 in a wild rematch.
“It was just an epic battle,” said CBC All-Stars manager Ashley Arrowood. “It was great to be a part of it, neither team wanted to give up.”
After Torrance struck for a run in the first inning, in the top of the second, CBC scored six runs to take a 6-1 lead. The rally was capped-off by an RBI single by Christian Chambers and a RBI groundout that scored Jacob Farrar by Robert Ayscue.
Torrance would battle back with four runs in the third, before tying the game at eight in the fifth. Christian Chambers would hit a double, scoring Jaelen Hines for the go-ahead run. California cut the lead and scored runs in both the sixth and seventh, but their rally fell one run short as CBC was victorious.
The victory against Torrance was the second meeting between the two teams in the tournament, as CBC lost 13-3 in the first round of pool play.
“We came out jittery in that first game,” said Arrowood. “With kids this age you just have to get them to keep their focus and to never give up.”
Arrowood pointed out that last year’s CBC team lost in the first game, but advanced to the semi-finals before falling. Arrowood challenged his team to be one better.
“I compared the tournament to climbing a mountain,” he explained. “Each leg of the climb gets a little harder – the kids kept their focus and we played CBC baseball.”
The All-Stars rebounded nicely from the first loss to cruise to the final by beating Laredo, Texas 13-0 and Panama 20-2 to advance to the semi-finals. They defeated West Raleigh, N.C. 14-1 Sunday morning to advance to the final that afternoon.
Christian Chambers of the CBC All-Stars won the most valuable batter award with a .733 batting average (11 for 15) with three doubles and six RBI. David Nash of Torrance, California, won the most valuable pitcher award, firing 10 scoreless innings for the runner-ups.
Each season CBC has done an excellent job finding teams from all over the world to come compete for the four-day round robin tournament held at the Harry G. Daniels Park at Iron Bridge in Chesterfield – also seeing more success with each event. Teams from Mexico and the Philippines returned for more action in 2013, and newcomer Panama joined the tournament.
“It’s been a great event for us,” stated Eller. “It’s been great for the community and great for getting more kids to get out here and play baseball.”
CBC will be sending three teams to compete in the upcoming Boys Invitational Baseball tournament, slated to begin August 1 in Colonial Heights. For these and further local sports updates, check out @VNewsSports on twitter.